Story By: Conor Sheils, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
The mum of Israeli model Bar Refaeli will be jailed for six months as part of a plea deal which allows her daughter to walk free on alleged tax evasion charges.
According to local Israeli media, Refaeli – who formerly dated Hollywood superstar Leonardo Di Caprio – will be given community service under the reported plea deal.
But the model’s mum Tzipi Refaeli would reportedly serve six months behind bars for allegedly masterminding the tax evasion scheme.
The agreement will be signed in the coming days, Israel’s Channel 12 reported, without citing a source.
The pair are currently in the dock for allegedly hiding a vast quantity of earnings from the Israeli tax authorities.
The model’s mum is also facing additional charges of money laundering and tax evasion although it is thought these will be heard at a later date.
According to reports, the family owe the Israeli state between 10 and 15 million ILS (2.25 million GBP – 3.3 million GBP), 8 million ILS (1.8 million GBP) of which has already been paid.
The case stems from a period between 2009-2012 when Refaeli claimed she lived abroad and allegedly failed to report her earnings to the Israeli tax authorities.
The model claims she knew nothing about efforts to conceal earnings during that period.
The case continues.
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